J.Lo may have been outshined by the ever-batty Steven Tyler during the audition rounds, but she seriously hit her stride once the show went live -- and we don't just mean with her chameleon-like glamour. She channeled Paula Abdul's maternal instinct (sometimes too much - it's an easy trap to fall into), and delivered on the promise of precise, knowing critique that Kara DioGuardi never could. Witness her explain to Stefano Langone how to connect emotionally with a song (followed by his blank stare), help James Durbin understand how getting too emotionally invested can backfire, and tell Karen Rodriguez not to expose her weakness by singing outside of her range (yes, she should know). No, Jennifer was no Simon Cowell, but no one was this season, and between all the effusive support she always made sure to squeeze in nuanced feedback. Dare we say she's not just the best "Idol" judge of the season, but of all time? We do.
Most Irresponsible Outfit
Pia Toscano's Animal-Print Romper
Do you blame Gwen Stefani for Pia Toscano's ninth place finish? You're not alone. The No Doubt frontwoman and fashion mogul glammed up Pia Toscano during the top 9 performance round, and unfortunately, it was a make-under for the already-ravishing contestant from Queens. Between the heinous onesie and onslaught of silver jewelry, Toscano wasn't doing herself any favors. Besides, she was singing Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" -- shouldn't she have been showing a little leg?!
Scotty McCreery's Grandmother, Paquita
Were you surprised when North Carolina's Scotty McCreery first told the judges that he was 1/4 Puerto Rican? We sure were -- in fact, we wondered if it was all a joke, until the 17-year-old singer's cute-as-a-button grandmother, Paquita, actually appeared on "Idol." Not only was she as adorable as any grandmother, but Paquita's three words when Ryan Seacrest asked her to comment on her grandson -- "He's my Scotty" -- were almost too much to handle. Everybody now: Awww.
Most Distracting Band Member
Mindi Abair, Saxophonist & Lilly Scott Lookalike
We're not ashamed to admit it: a little piece of us is still mourning